Bible Ballistics: BBs #87 Fresh Springs or Foul Stagnation??
Years ago I was visiting my sister in Kentucky, where they lived in a rustic old 2 story farm house. I decided to rinse out a new lacy blouse I had just gotten, so I went to the sink, put the blouse in, and turned on the water and walked away for a minute or two. When I came back to turn off the water and finish the job, imagine my horror when I saw ghastly black flecks all over my new, white, lacy blouse!!! I couldn’t imagine what had happened to my blouse, so I called my sister, who began to laugh as she explained that the ‘cistern’ was almost empty and the water truck would be there later: but my blouse was now a spotted, ruined mess!!
Never having experience with ‘cisterns’, I learned very quickly from this encounter—and I didn’t like what I learned. Cisterns are dug deeply to keep rainwater or pumped in water fresh and cool so it won’t stagnate before use. But if the cistern gets low there are rock bits and slime that comes in the tap if you are unaware of the level of the cistern.
Ok Blanche, what does this have to do with us? Well, friends it’s just a picture to help us understand something that God said to Israel long ago–A message that is so apropos to us today.
Jeremiah 2:11-13, “Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit. 12 Be astonished, O ye heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate, saith the Lord. 13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.”
What about America? Have we “changed their glory for that which doth not profit”? We have abandoned the God of all creation, the “fountain of living waters”, the God who has blessed America: and in His place, dug for ourselves, “cisterns, broken cisterns, which can hold no water”. Not just cisterns, but broken ones, cisterns that won’t, that can’t hold water—but we expect to sustain ourselves on ‘stagnant water’. Foul water that is not only harmful but also insufficient, as our cisterns can’t even contain it for our continual sustenance.
So??? Here’s our shot for today. What are you depending on? Fresh, clean living water that God supplies, or foul, stagnant water that you have supplied for yourself? The choice is yours, but think on these words of Jesus as we close:
John 4:14, “But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.”
Revelation 21:6, “And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.”
John 7:37-38, “In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”
Think on these things!!!